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Redesigned 2021 Cadillac Escalade is a tech-filled chonky boi

The Cadillac Escalade has been completely redesigned from nose to tail of the 2021 model year.

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This Escalade is more than just a rebadged Yukon with some sleek interior accents. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade furthers the story of the luxury large SUV, expanding the SUV's footprint and loading it with first-in-class tech that should give the automaker a much needed buyer infusion.

There are things about the Escalade that have remained the same. It is still built on the same platform as its General Motors brethren - the GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Suburban, and Chevrolet Tahoe. It also shares a platform with the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.

2021 Cadillac Escalade The Escalade rides on the same platform as the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

That frame is a solid start and while it defines the dimensions of the vehicle, there are shared body panels with the Suburban, Tahoe, and Yukon, it shows off what General Motors does best and worst with its new vehicles. Product engineers share parts as a cost-cutting procedure. In this case, the frame is okay but the exterior body components hold the chonky Cadillac back, only allowing its uniqueness to shine at the face and tail.

The front of the model is unmistakably Cadillac, projecting forth a fresh take on the grille and headlight hallmarks that were shown on the 2021 Cadillac CT6 when it debuted last year. Twenty-two-inch wheels are standard.

Cadillac has given the Escalade a, independent rear suspension and available Magnetic Ride Control, adaptive air suspension, and electronic limited slip differential.

Its new frame has allowed engineers to give the SUV 40 percent more third-row legroom (up 10 inches) and 68 percent more cargo space than the outgoing model.

2021 Cadillac Escalade The model features design characteristics that are rooted in the brand's modern heritage.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The Escalade is powered by a standard 6.2-liter V8 that achieves 420 horsepower. A 3.0-liter turbo-diesel power plan is available. These are some of the same engines available in other GM products. Both engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Escalade's interior was influenced by the Cadillac Escala concept, which debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It features eight color and trim choices, which include unique seat designs, with custom perforation and quilting patterns.

Cadillac is also touting its soft-close doors, which feature two electric motors.

Front and center in the 2021 Escalade's dashboard is a first-to-market curved Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) screen. It offers over 38 aches of display area with twice the pixel density of a 4K television. The one large screen is home to three smaller screens: a 7.2-inch-diagonal touch control panel driver information center to the driver's left, a 14.2-inch-diagonal cluster display behind the steering wheel and a 16.9-inch-diagonal Infotainment screen to the driver's right.

2021 Cadillac Escalade A single large screen fills the dashboard and contains three smaller screens.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Because of the color saturation of the screen and its curved quality, Cadillac says that there is no need for the typical screen hood design found in most cars with an infotainment or driver's information screen.

There's also an available AKG Studio Reference system. The AKG brand has long been used to provide premium audio quality for musicians in the studio and the company is bringing that high-quality engineering to the Escalade. The system consists of 36 speakers powered by three amplifiers that deliver 28 channels. The Escalade's standard AKG Studio system includes 19 speakers and a large enclosed subwoofer, powered by a 14-channel amplifier.

Cadillac has also worked with sound engineers to provide microphones throughout the cabin of the Escalade that work to amplify the sound of passengers so that no shouting is required to talk amongst each other in the cabin.

Front passengers get control of their own sound system volume knob in models equipped with the Reference system.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Buyers can get up to 36 speakers in the cabin of their Escalade.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The technology list doesn't end there. Drivers will be able to order their Escalade with augmented reality-enabled navigation, which uses live street views with directional overlays to enhance the system's driving directions. Surround Vision allows for a 2 megapixel bird's-eye view of the vehicle's surroundings.

Buyers can opt for the Trailering Integration Package, which offers up to nine camera views including hitch guidance. The package also offers an integrated trailer controller, tire pressure and temperature monitoring, and an Extended Side Blind Zone Alert.

The Escalade can be purchased with Super Cruise driver assistance technology, the only hands-free system in the segment. The technology has been upgraded for the 2021 model year.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Super Cruise is the country's only hands-free driving technology available in a mass market vehicle.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Escalade is also available with a rear camera mirror, night vision (infrared technology that spies pedestrians and large animals in the path of the vehicle at night), and dual-12.6-inch rear entertainment screens that can mirror Android smartphones.

Cadillac will offer the Escalade in five trim levels. Sport and Luxury models will have unique appearances. Escalade Sport models get a black mesh grille and black trim across the exterior. Escalade Luxury models have a bright Galvano finish.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will launch in the third quarter of 2020. Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to hit the market later this year.

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The next-gen Infiniti QX60 is almost here. The long-awaited successor to the top-selling Infiniti model has been in the works for a while but the first official glimpse at the SUV happens today with the release of a teaser photo and video of the interior.

Billed as being "serene" and "spacious", the family-friendly crossover will retain its three rows of seating when it arrives stateside. It will also have premium leather appointments, intuitive technology, and ambient lighting, according to a release sent by the company.

The model was first teased in a private video shown to journalists in the autumn of 2019. Since there, a number of changes have been made. The fresh images show off a wide but not tall infotainment screen, similar to what you'd find on a Lexus or Hyundai. There's what appears to be a fully digital radio/climate controls screen on the center stack with physical dials for adjusting certain functionalities.

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There's a quilted leather dashboard and long horizontal design feature that seamlessly covers the dashboard vents under one housing. Though not shown, the QX60 is expected to have a fully digital instrument cluster.

Infiniti has already divulged a few key details about the revised QX60. It will be powered by a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine that is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. That's the same power plant that is in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. The SUV will be available with all-wheel drive. It's likely that the QX60 will have drive modes similar to those in the Pathfinder.

The model will have a 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity. A 3,500-pound maximum is standard.

Infiniti is promising a Sports drive mode where the movement, power, and control of the car are said to be similar to those in a sports car. Gears are held longer and engine braking helps along the way.

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to arrive in North American showrooms in the fall of 2021, followed by other markets worldwide. It will debut June 23.

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The 2022 Bentley Bentayga S combines dark exterior accents with new dynamic capability.

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Following a mid-generation facelift, Bentley is upping the ante once again on its popular Bentayga SUV. This time, the change comes in the form of a new model - Bentayga S - that is designed to be the sportiest offering in the crossover's lineup. This is the first time an "S" version of the Bentayga has been offered.

Its sport-tuned abilities come courtesy of standard Bentley Dynamic Ride, an anti-roll technology that plays with the model's 15 percent increase in damping in Sport mode to deliver a more engaging drive mode. The automaker has retuned the brakes for the car. It now lightly brakes the inside rear wheel at corner entry to sharpen the front axle turn-in.

The model continues to have four drive modes (Snow and Wet Grass, Dirt and Gravel, Mud and Trail, and Sand) and continues to be able to ford up to 500 mm of water.

2022 Bentley Bentayga S

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The Bentayga S rides on standard 22-inch wheels in the buyer's choice of one of three finishes while a larger-than-traditional spoiler takes up room out back. Black exterior accents give the Bentley a unique look while a newly designed, free-flowing sports exhaust provides a robust sound out the rear of the car. Gloss black side sills and front and rear lower bumpers work with dark tinted head and taillight lenses, black door mirrors, and black split-oval tailpipes complete the look.

Powering the auto is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that gets 542 brake horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. The power plant moves the car from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds with the accelerator at the floor and it has a top speed of 180 mph.

Bentyaga S's cabin has new seats, unique stitching, a fresh color split, and Alcantara upholstery. "S" badging can be found on the passenger fascia, instrument panel graphics, and illuminated treadplates.

Buyers can get the car in a four-, five- or seven-seat configuration. The seats are fluted with stitching contrasting and complementing the hide color.

In front of the driver is a fully digital instrument cluster that was designed to be reminiscent of high-end chronographs. Drivers can customize the look of the display.

Pricing for the model has yet to be released, but is expected to be a premium on the current Bentayga starting MSRP of around $166,000.

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